Ada Lovelace: “The world’s first computer programmer”

Techs holding parts of Electronical Numerical Integrator and Computer (ENIAC), 1940s

Techs holding parts of Electronical Numerical Integrator and Computer (ENIAC), 1940s

Tonight I am wrapping up Ada’s Logarithm: How Lord Byron’s Daughter Ada Lovelace Launched the Digital Age. To those who don’t know, Ada Lovelace is frequently credited as being the world’s first computer programmer. Let’s mention for a second, she was most active in the field in 1842. Roughly one century before the computer techs in picture seen above. I don’t think visionary is too grandiose a term.

Unfortunately, for committing the audacious crime of being a woman, her vision of what the field of computing could be frequently fell on deaf ears. I simply loved the following quote. Despite getting her ideas shut down by her colleagues, her tutors, and her mother, Ada recognized her potential, something I think that is too often lacking.

“No one knows what almost awful energy & power lie yet undevelopped [sic] in that wiry little system of mine. I say awful because you may imagine that it might be under certain circumstances.” -Ada Lovelace

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